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K-State Polytechnic Office of Student Life
Center for Academic Excellence and Engagement
Technology Center
2310 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401

Kyle Chamberlin
Director of Student Life

K-State Polytechnic's Housing & Dining - Fall 2020 Update


The Polytechnic Residence halls and dining service will be open for the fall 2020 semester and Kansas State Polytechnic is incorporating extra health and safety measures for campus provided housing and dining. These updates to housing and dining plans aim to enhance student safety and mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. 

The housing updates include safety measures in several areas: reducing housing density; staggering the move-in schedule to reduce the size of gatherings; additional conduct standards and protocols for residents; and enhancing sanitation and cleaning in the residence halls, cafeteria, and other shared spaces. 

Students who have already submitted housing contracts will be accommodated under the new plan and roommate requests will still be honored, when possible. Housing will notify students with residence hall contracts later in June regarding confirmation or potential changes to their housing assignments.  Students will receive information about updated terms, policies, and behavior expectations related to COVID-19, along with additional training as part of the onboarding process.


Flexible housing plan options are available for students who want to live on campus.

  • Students still have the choice to live with their selected roommates/suitemates at normal occupancy levels. Student assignments may change to other floors or buildings to reduce the number of students using community restrooms in Vanier Hall. 
  • Students with COVID medical needs or COVID-related medical concerns can request accommodations. Single rooms will continue to be available for students with ADA-related accessibility needs at the standard rate.  
  • Vanier Hall (off campus location) will be utilized to provide additional, single room capacity.
  • The cancellation deadline with no charge will be extended for students who cannot be properly accommodated and for students who do not want to agree to updated housing and dining policies.
  • Original room and board costs may be adjusted (reduced) to reflect a shortened, fall schedule. Check the housing website for updates as information becomes available.
  • Students returning from hot spots, as identified on the KDHE website, will be required to quarantine 14 days.

Students will receive additional details about these options in the coming weeks.

The dining services operational plan will accommodate social distancing requirements while providing students a quality dining experience.

  • Dining room seating will be reduced so students can maintain appropriate social distance while eating.  Appropriate signage will be used to communicate available space.
  • With reduced seating in the dining area, there will be options for takeout.  Meals will be served on disposable paperware for takeout options.
  • Face coverings which meet CDC recommendations will be required in the dining area(s) except while people are eating.
  • No open food bars will be used.  Salads and other pre-packaged items will be available.
  • Sanitation stations, shields at check-in, and other precautions will be utilized.
  • Workers will use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • The dining experience may change throughout the semester to meet CDC recommendations.

Other housing and dining arrangements will prioritize health and well-being.  

  • Building occupancy will be arranged to enhance safety in shared bathrooms by limiting the number of students using each bathroom.
  • Rooms will be set up before move-in to maintain recommended social distance between roommate sleeping areas.
  • The August move-in schedule will be staggered to reduce the size of gatherings of people. More move-in information will be available closer to the beginning of the semester.
  • Staff will follow additional cleaning and sanitation guidelines for residence halls. Student residents also will be trained and provided with cleaning supplies.
  • Select rooms are reserved for any quarantine or isolation needs. 

Contingency plans are in place if circumstances warrant closing residence halls during the fall.

  • Prorated refunds will be provided, as was done in the spring semester.
  • Our top priority is to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of the entire campus population. 
  • This decision will not be taken lightly.  If needed, please be flexible, understanding, and courteous of the plan, knowing it is for the greater good.  Executive leadership and unit leaders will utilize the following measures to ensure a smooth transition:
    • We will communicate in a timely manner the plan that will occur.  This will be sent out through K- State emails.
    • Move outs will occur as necessary and according to a time plan, please do not deviate.  There will be a signup sheet to accommodate appropriate times for students and their families/friends to assist with moving items out of the halls
    • Only in extreme circumstances will students be allowed to remain on campus.  For those students who must remain, we will provide housing for a maximum time frame determined by executive administration in accordance to recommendations from unit heads to allow arrangements to be made to return home.  Only reasonable requests will be granted especially those students who are international.  This is provisional that residence halls are in operable condition. 

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Kyle Chamberlin, kchamberlin5@k-state.edu, or Nathan Williams, nrwill@k-state.edu.  If there are questions regarding refunds, contact Kari Zook, karizook@k-state.edu.  If there are questions about reasonable accommodations, contact Julie Rowe, jarowe@k-state.edu